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Sunday, 26 June 2011

Urban Life





In this tutorial I am using the art of Alfadesire
for which you require a license.
You can get one here.

I am using an awesome scrapkit by Rieka Rafita called
“Urban Chic”.
You can get the kit here.

You will also require a mask.
Unfortunately Theresa no longer has her site but allows
her masks to be shared, you can get it here.

 I am using a free font called
Most Wasted.


Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing otherwise they will look a little blurry (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).


Open a new transparent canvas 650 x 600 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open RR_Frame1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10.  Make a new layer below the frame and flood fill the selection with a dark grey. Do not de-select.

Open RR_Skyline. Resize 60% and apply a drop shadow, vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5. Copy and paste as a new layer. Position nicely inside the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess.

Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow.

Open RR_Speaker and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%. Draw an oblong selection around one of the speakers, hit delete and then paste it back as a new layer so you have them on separate layers. Arrange either side of the frame. Apply the drop shadow to each speaker layer.

Open RR_Exit and paste as a new layer. Resize 30%. Position on top of the left hand speaker and apply the drop shadow.

Open RR_Skull2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%. Position on top of the exit sign and apply the drop shadow.

Open RR_Flower1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 25%. Position on your frame towards the top, right hand side and apply the drop shadow.

Open RR_Bow3 and paste as a new layer. Resize 25%. Position on top of the flower and apply the drop shadow.

Open RR_Bow2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 35%. Position lower down on the right of the frame and drag below the speaker layer. Apply the drop shadow.

Open RR_Spray1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 35%. Place in position behind the speaker and apply the drop shadow.

Open RR_Spray2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 35%. Place in position in front of the speaker and apply the drop shadow.

Open RR_Headphones and paste as a new layer. Resize 35%.  Place in position and apply the drop shadow. Erase part of the headphones so it looks like they are wrapped around the speaker.

Open RR_Ipod and paste as a new layer. Resize 35% and rotate to the right 20 degrees. Drag down below the headphones, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open RR_String2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%. Place in position on top of the headphones layer and apply the drop shadow.

Open RR_Sparkle1 and paste as a new layer.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer. Resize as required and apply the drop shadow.  Make any adjustments to your element layers.

Click on your bottom white layer. Select all, make a new layer. Open one of the papers, I used RR_Paper3. Paste the paper into the selection and apply your mask (note: you need to have the "invert mask data" box checked if you use the same mask as me).

Open RR_Splash3. Paste as a new layer, resize 60% and position towards the left hand side (you may need to bring this layer to the top to position it and then move it back down again). Duplicate this layer 2 or 3 times and position around the tag, mirroring and flipping as required and erasing any bits you don’t like. Apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Crop your tag and resize if required. Apply your copyright information and text. I used paper 3 again for the background on my text with a black outline width 2.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, you can email me here.







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